Volume 35 Issue 9 • Sept. 1998

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  • IEEE Spectrum - Front cover

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s): c1
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  • Newslog

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s): 1
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  • Table of contents

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):2 - 4
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  • Forum

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):6 - 8
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  • Calendar

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):10 - 80E7
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  • A revisionist look at hits and flops

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s): 12
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  • Washington watch

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):16T2 - 16T4
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  • Recent books

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):16T6 - 16T8
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  • Moore's Law redux [Reflections]

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s): 17
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  • Innovations

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s): 18
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    No fancy (and expensive) optics are needed to stamp photoresist-coated silicon with features far tinier than the wavelength of the incident light. Or rather, none are needed when a new type of photolithography from IBM Corp. is used. The invention is called a light-coupling mask by Big Blue's Zurich Research Laboratory, in Ruschlikon, Switzerland. View full abstract»

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  • EV watch

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):19 - 20
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  • The how and why of electronic noses

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):22 - 31
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    Witnessing the swift advances in the electronic means of seeing and hearing, scientists and engineers scent a market for systems mimicking the human nose. Already commercial systems from several companies are targeting applications, present and potential, that range from quality assurance of food and drugs to medical diagnosis, environmental monitoring, safety and security and military use. Here, ... View full abstract»

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  • Design for smelling

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):32 - 34
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    On our best days-without head colds, for example-and with a time out between sniffs, we can note the presence of and distinguish among 10000 airborne molecules or molecular compounds, sometimes when they amount to only a few molecules per trillion. Here, the authors present a quick tour of the route from molecule to smell. They correlate many of the discrete physiological steps with engineering on... View full abstract»

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  • The electronic nose in Lilliput

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):35 - 38
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    Electronic noses today are handy enough systems for detecting gaseous chemicals used in industrial cleaning or fabrication processes. Available from a half-dozen manufacturers, the instruments are desktop or laptop in size, depending on their features. The gases, called volatile organic compounds (VOCs), are toxic, carcinogenic and quick to evaporate in combination, a danger to their environs. Her... View full abstract»

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  • DSPs in communications

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):39 - 46
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    The author describes how dropping prices, rising speeds and the ability to be reprogrammed in-situ make digital signal processor chips (DSPs) more attractive than ever in the field of communications applications. View full abstract»

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  • Bad days for software

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):47 - 52
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    The notorious Year 2000 is not the only date dangerous to software applications. Over the next 50 years, at least 100 million applications around the world will need modification because of formatting problems with dates or date-like data. The total cost of the remedies could top US $5 trillion. Those problems include: the dates at which the pricing of commodities in much of Europe switches to the... View full abstract»

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  • What's ahead for design on the web

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):53 - 63
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    Panel discussion: Experts: the Web offers better design collaboration and a path toward greater tool interoperability. View full abstract»

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  • Consorting with the enemy, R&D-wise

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):64 - 70
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    Call them collaborations, joint ventures, partnerships, consortia, alliances, or, for the semantically fussy, teaming agreements. By any name, R&D cooperation between technology-based companies-even competitors-smells just as sweet when everyone benefits. Here, the author describes how, as a successful sponsor of joint research ventures, the US Advanced Technology Program has much to teach wou... View full abstract»

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  • Designing a positioning system for finding things and people indoors

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):71 - 78
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    Despite extraordinary advances in Global Positioning System (GPS) technology, millions of square meters of indoor space are out of reach of Navstar satellites. Their signals, originating high above the Earth, are not designed to penetrate most construction materials, and no amount of technical wizardry is likely to help. So the greater part of the world's commerce, being conducted indoors, cannot ... View full abstract»

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  • Web sights

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s): 80
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  • Thirty years ago...

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):80T2 - 80T4
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  • EE's tools and toys

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):81 - 83
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  • Coming in Spectrum

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s): 98
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